Fall 2017

November 2017

 An evening with Evan Osnos

The US and North Korea: A view from the Ground Up

Evan Osnos joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2008, and covers politics and foreign affairs. His book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, based on eight years of living in Beijing, won the 2014 the National Book Award in nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction. He has also written from East Asia; his article “The Fallout” won a 2012 Overseas Press Club Award. Previously, he worked as Beijing bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune, where he was part of a team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. Before his assignment to China, he worked in the Middle East, reporting mostly from Iraq.

Monday, November 13, 2017
5:30 p.m.
ASEAN Auditorium


Charles Francis Adams Lecture

Negotiating a Model International Mobility Convention: Politics, Economics, and Law

Michael W. Doyle is the Director of the Columbia Global Policy Initiative and University Professor of Columbia University, affiliated with the School of International and Public Affairs, the Department of Political Science, and the Law School. His research interests include international relations theory, international law, international peace-building and the United Nations. From 2006 to 2013, Doyle was an individual member and the chair of the UN Democracy Fund, a fund established in 2005 by the UN General Assembly to promote grass-roots democratization around the world. Doyle previously served as assistant secretary-general and special adviser for policy planning to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In the 1990s, he was a member of a policy advisory committee for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Mdm Sadako Ogata. In 2003, he chaired a group that produced a report on migration for SG Kofi Annan.

Monday, November 9, 2017
5:30 p.m.
ASEAN Auditorium


IHS Presents

Research with Refugees: Pulling Back the Curtain

In the fall of 2017, the Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security launched a series of outputs from research on the Financial Journey of Refugees.

On November 1, 2017, join Kim Wilson and Roxanne Krystalli for a discussion on the practicalities of refugee research.

How did they and their research team navigate dilemmas of power during fieldwork? How did they think about the ethical implications of working with refugee narratives? What are some of the dilemmas that they faced during the conduct of their fieldwork in Greece, Jordan, and Turkey? How can students, researchers, and practitioners think about the ethics and methods of refugee research moving forward?

The evening will be chaired by Professor Eileen Babbitt, Director of Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security, and the Q & A will be moderated by Gregory Gottlieb, Director of the Feinstein International Center and Irwin H. Rosenberg Professor in Nutrition and Human Security, Friedman School of Nutrition.

Kim Wilson is a Lecturer in International Business and Human Security at The Fletcher School. Roxanne Krystalli is a Program Manager at the Feinstein International Center and a PhD Candidate at The Fletcher School.

Monday, November 9, 2017
5:30 p.m.
ASEAN Auditorium


October 2017

 IHS Presents

The Good Rebel Governor in Syria

The promotion of a ‘good’ rebellion in Syria represented the latest effort to shape governance in a failing state. The rising threat of Islamic extremism in Syria served as kindling for this project, counteracting the more withholding impulses that had arisen from the last fifteen years of regime change and state-building. And, yet, those encouraging progressive rebel politics were unprepared to leverage decisive support on behalf of the uprising. We will argue that a paradox – the ambition to exert limited means to the best possible ends – resided at the heart of this mini-maximalist campaign that framed (and hamstrung) every act of engagement with the opposition, forcing a set of constraints on the relationship that help explain the rebellion’s failed trajectory thereafter.

Thursday October 5, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cabot 205

Register here


September 2017

 IHS Presents

Indivisible: A chat with Casey Hogle

Please join us to celebrate the naming of the The Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security. This event will feature the presentation of the Henry J. Leir Human Securit y Award to Tsering Gellek.

Thursday September 21, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Cabot 205


 Coffee Hour 

Coffee hour with the Herny J. Leir Institute for Human Security

Thursday September 21, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Hall of Flags


 Facebook Live

The Financial Journey of Refugees

Featuring new research from Kim Wilson, Lecturer in International Business and Human Security, and Roxanne Krystalli, PhD Candidate.

Wednesday September 20, 2017
10:15 a.m


 The Henry J. Leir Human Security Award

Honoring Tsering Gellek (FOO)

Please join us to celebrate the naming of the The Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security. This event will feature the presentation of the Henry J. Leir Human Securit y Award to Tsering Gellek.

6:00 p.m. on Monday,
September 18, 2017
ASEAN Auditorium
160 Packard Ave Medford MA, 02155

To respond please email or call the Office of Special Events at 888.320.4103


May 2017

  Transit Migration and Deportation in the Americas

Migrant Journeys Interrupted: Challenges of "Permanent Transience" in Tijuana, Mexico

The Carnegie sub-project on Transit Migration and Deportation in the Americas, held a workshop, Migrant Journeys Interrupted: Challenges of "Permanent Transience" in Tijuana, Mexico, on May 20, 2017. The workshop is part of our Carnegie grant to “bridge the gap” between academics and policymakers on the issue of migration. The Tijuana workshop focused on cities in Mexico that are grappling with flows of IDPs, third-country migrants and refugees, and Mexicans deported from the United States. 

The workshop brought together practitioners from the Mexican government (local, state, and federal) and civil society groups from the Tijuana/ San Diego border region to share perspectives and generate innovative proposals for improving the lives of both migrants and host communities. The workshop held moderated discussion sessions with a range of policymakers and practitioners who noted that they almost never found themselves in the same rooms together to discuss mutual problems. The workshop provided a forum for interaction and networking, as well as identifying possible solutions and ways forward, including further meetings between Mexican policymakers and practitioners.  


March 2017

  Defending Democracy

Lessons for democracy defenders from successful non-violent movements

  • March 4 - 5, 2017
  • 9 am - 5 pm, Mugar 231

This very practical workshop brings together theory and practice of strategic nonviolence to evaluate the nature of nonviolent social change. Participants will analyze historical and contemporary cases of civilian-led struggles, including movements for civil and political rights, struggles against dictatorships and authoritarian regimes, and movements for self-determination against foreign occupations. Advance reading is required, as well as choosing a case study for several small group exercises. 


Slobodan Djinovic became one of the co-founders of the Serbian resistance movement OTPOR! while he was a student at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Belgrade in 1998. OTPOR! went on to topple Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic through a mass nonviolent campaign. Subsequently, Slobodan went on to found one of the first internet companies in Serbia, and currently serves as CEO of Orion Telecom. He also serves as co-founder and Chairman of CANVAS, the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies, an educational organization that trains activists from around the world in the strategies and tactics on nonviolent struggle. He has co-authored two CANVAS publications: Nonviolent Struggle: 50 Crucial Points and The CANVAS Core Curriculum. Slobodan is a graduate of the Global Master of Arts Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. 

Srdja Popovic was one of the founders of the Serbian nonviolent resistance group Otpor! Otpor!’s campaign against Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic was successful in October 2000 when thousands of protesters took over the Serbian Parliament. After the revolution, Popovic served a term as a member of the Serbian National Assembly. In 2003, Popovic and others started the Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS). CANVAS has worked with activists from 46 different countries, including Zimbabwe, Burma, Iran, and Venezuela, spreading knowledge of the nonviolent strategies and tactics used by Otpor! In November 2011, Foreign Policy Magazine listed Srdja Popovic as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” of 2011 for inspiring the Arab Spring protesters. In 2012 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2014 he was listed as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in Davos. “Srdja is also the author of the recent book Blueprint for Revolution, a fun and humorous look at nonviolent activism worldwide.”

Enrollment is limited. Click here to sign up!


February 2017

  One Billion Rising

Girl Model

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • 7:00 pm, ASEAN Auditorium
One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign began in 2013 with the fierce struggle against sexual and physical violence – taking on the advocacy against rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex trafficking that V-Day campaigns over 18 years have been at the forefront of. 

This year, One Billion Rising Revolution is giving sharper focus and visibility to the exploitation of women, and to harnessing even stronger global solidarity to demand an end to violence in all forms. Join Fletcher Global Women and the Institute for Human Security as we rise up for women! 

On February 21st, we’ll be screening “Girl Model,” a film following two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. As Nadya’s optimism about rescuing her family from their financial difficulties grows, her dreams contrast against Ashley’s more jaded outlook about the industry’s corrosive influence.

Register here!


  One Billion Rising

A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer

  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017
  • 7:30 pm, ASEAN Auditorium
One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign began in 2013 with the fierce struggle against sexual and physical violence – taking on the advocacy against rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex trafficking that V-Day campaigns over 18 years have been at the forefront of. 

This year, One Billion Rising Revolution is giving sharper focus and visibility to the exploitation of women, and to harnessing even stronger global solidarity to demand an end to violence in all forms. Join Fletcher Global Women and the Institute for Human Security as we rise up for women! 

On February 14th, students will perform "A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer; Writings to End Violence Against Women & Girls." The play is an anthology, edited by Eve Ensler and Mollie Doyle, and features monologues from several authors and playwrights that explore violence on all levels. Monologues address a range of issues including border crossing, self-mutilation, women’s work, and abduction in Sudan. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will support the Cambridge Women's Center. Refreshments will be served following the performance!

Get your tickets here!


January 2017

 Migration Policy Forum Europe Working Group

Colloquium on Religion and Migration in the Mediterranean and Europe: Research Methods, Analytics, and Policy Implications

  • January 26 - 27, 2017
  • 7th Floor, Cabot 

The Institute for Human Security sponsored the Colloquium on Religion and Migration in the Mediterranean and Europe with the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at The Fletcher School. The topics addressed by the panels include the following:

  • An Overview of Religion and Migration
  • The Push Factor: Religion as a Cause of Mass Migration
  • Religion and European Identity: Welcome to a Secular Europe?
  • Policy at the Macro Level: Schengen, Dublin, and the Neighborhood Policy
  • The Micro Level: Migration Policy and Politics at the National and Local Level
  • The Changing Face of Religion in Europe


 The Dr. Maurice S. Segal Lecture

Genomic Medicine: An International Collaboration

  • Thursday, January 26, 2017
  • 5:30 pm, ASEAN Auditorium

Eric Lander is president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and was a key leader of the Human Genome Project (1990-2003). For the past eight years he has co-chaired President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, sharing insights with the White House on topics including forensic science, antibiotic resistance, innovation in drug discovery, and technology and the future of cities. 

Dr. Lander is one of the most prominent interdisciplinary thinkers in the world today; he received the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” fellowship at the ripe age of 30 for his work combining molecular biology, mathematics and computer science. As an educator – still teaching freshman biology – he is committed to mentoring a new generation of scientists to help uncover genomic insights to benefit human health. 

If you plan to attend kindly RSVP here.


November 2016

  Charles Francis Adams Lecture

U.S. Efforts to Promote International Religious Freedom

  • Monday, November 14, 2016
  • 9 am - 10:30 am, Cabot 702

David N. Saperstein is the Ambassador-at- Large for International Religious Freedom. He assumed his duties on January 6, 2015. The Ambassador at Large is, by law, a principal advisor to the President and Secretary of State and serves as the United States’ chief diplomat on issues of religious freedom worldwide. He also heads the Office of International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. The President also has designated Ambassador Saperstein to carry out the duties in the Near East and South Central Asia Religious Freedom Act of 2014.

Ambassador Saperstein previously served for 40 years as the Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC), overseeing the national social justice programming for the largest segment of American Jewry. A rabbi and an attorney, for 35 years Saperstein taught seminars in First Amendment Church-State Law and in Jewish Law at Georgetown University Law Center. 

Because space is limited, please sign up for the event


October 2016

Fletcher IDEAS Exchange 3

Bridging the Academic-Policy Gap

  • Tuesday, October 25, 2016
  • 6 pm - 8 pm, ASEAN Auditorium

The Fletcher IDEAS Exchange (FIE) is an annual forum for public speaking at The Fletcher School featuring faculty, students, alumni and guests in a TED-style format.  The third annual FIE will feature engaging speeches by faculty, students, alumni, and guests around the theme of Bridging the Academic-Policy Gap. Talks will feature best practices of the academy effectively communicating research and using innovative dissemination strategies in order to highlight the most effective ways to bring research to bear with policymakers.

The event will also feature Fletcher faculty with experience in the policy community to give speeches on their policy-relevant research and strategies for engaging with policy actors. Fletcher students interested in the topic or with relevant experience will also be invited to speak.

This event follows two successful Fletcher Ideas Exchange events in 2015 and 2016, on Media for Social Change, and Human Security Approaches to Peacebuilding, which involved a combination of speeches by students, faculty, alums and high profile guests.

Please join us for a reception in the Hall of Flags following the event.


 Human Security Speaker Series

"A Conversation with Neil Levine on USAID"

Please join us for a brown bag lunch with Neil Levine, Director of the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG Center) within the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID.

  • Thursday, October 25 at 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Location: Cabot 702

In 2014, Neil returned to USAID from an assignment as Assistant Professor of Strategic Leadership at the National Defense University Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, honing his passion for leadership, teaching and unlocking excellence. Neil brings with him a long history and deep knowledge of democracy, human rights and governance programming. He served as Director of the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation from 2008-2013 and as Chief of the Governance Division in the then Global Bureau Democracy and Governance Center from 2000-2007. A veteran Latin Americanist, Neil was deputy director for USAID’s Office of Central American Affairs from 1995- 2000, and worked on Latin America issues on Capitol Hill for over a decade. He has Masters degrees from the National War College and Columbia University and a B.A. in International Studies from Earlham College.


Human Security Speaker Series

"Eastern Mediterranean Realities and the Cyprus Issue: A Time for Pragmatism"

Please join us for a brown bag lunch with Harry Tzimitras who is the Director the Peace Research Institute Oslo - PRIO Cyprus Centre

  • Thursday, October 6 at 12:30pm - 1:55pm
  • Location: Crowe Room (Goddard 310)

Harry Tzimitras is the Director the Peace Research Institute Oslo - PRIO Cyprus Centre. In this capacity, he coordinates research and dialogue activities on the search for a political settlement to the island’s division. He is also Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. He is Associate Professor of International Law and International Relations, specializing in the law of the sea, energy geopolitics, foreign policy, Greek-Turkish relations and the Eastern Mediterranean and has published extensively in these areas. Before joining PRIO, he has been with Istanbul Bilgi University, Koc University, the University of Cambridge and the Institute of International Relations, Athens.


September 2016

Human Security Speaker Series

What’s Happening Now in Northern Ireland?

Please join us for a brown bag lunch with Reverend Dr. Gary Mason, Founder and Director of Rethinking Conflict.

  • Thursday, September 29 at 12:30pm - 1:55pm
  • Location: Cabot 703

Reverend Dr. Gary Mason founded Rethinking Conflict after spending 28 years as a clergy person in Belfast and was involved in the "Northern Irish Peace Process." He has been and continues to be a close advisor to Protestant ex-combatants on the civilianisation efforts of paramilitaries. 

Dr. Mason has also played a leading role in establishing the Skainos project which is acknowledged as the largest faith-based redevelopment project in Western Europe. The vision behind this was to develop a world class urban social justice centre, in a post-conflict society as a model of co-existence and shared space.


 Human Security Speaker Series

Mediation Practices and Current Conflicts in Africa

Please join us for a brown bag lunch with Abdul Mohammed, Chief of Staff of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan (AUHIP).

  • Thursday, September 28 at 12:30pm - 1:55pm
  • Location: Mugar 200

Abdul Mohammed was previously the Acting Director of UNAMID’s Political Department and Chairperson of the Darfur-Darfur Dialogue and Consultation. He also served as UNICEF’s Representative to the African Union. Abdul was also the founder and Executive Director of the Inter-Africa Group, a centre for dialogue on humanitarian, peace, and development issues in the Horn of Africa.

Abdul has worked in various capacities for the World Council of Churches/Church World Service and served as Director of Relief and Emergencies for the Sudan Council of Churches. He has also been an advisor to the Prime Minister of Ethiopia on peace and reconciliation issues in the Horn of Africa. Over the last twenty-five years Abdul has worked in Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya.


IHS Open House!

As we begin the academic year of 2016-2017, the Institute for Human Security would like to invite students, staff and faculty to the IHS Open House taking place on September 22th. Please join us for a fun-filled evening to learn more about our latest research on building state legitimacy, our exciting events lined up for the Fall semester, and our diverse faculty!

  • Tuesday, September 22 at 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Location: TBD
There will be food and drinks! 


“The Case for Humanitarian Economics: Recalibrating War and Disaster”

Please join us for a talk by Dr. Gilles Carbonnier, Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

  • Tuesday, September 13 at 12:30pm - 1:55pm
  •  Location: TBD

Economists have neglected the civil wars and disasters that have plagued much of the developing world for too long. This changed with the emergence of humanitarian economics as a field of study and practice. This field offers an economic and political economy lens through which to grapple with important question such as:

  • How combatants, civilians, and aid workers interact
  • How the aid market evolves
  • How to improve humanitarian outcomes

Drawing on his new book, Humanitarian Economics, Prof. Carbonnier will address these issues and discuss the need to navigate between reason, emotions, and compassion to avoid adding catastrophe to disaster when using this lens. Professor Julie Schaffner of the Fletcher School will be the discussant. General discussion will follow. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

This talk is jointly organized by the Feinstein International Center and IHS. 


  Managing Practicalities "in the Field"

Please join us for a workshop led by Fletcher Professors Dyan Mazurana, Karen Jacobsen and Kim Wilson on personal safety, self-care, ethics, and the practicalities of engaging with local populations in disaster and conflict-affected environments.

  • Tuesday, May 17 at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  •  Location: Cabot 703

Lunch and coffee will be provided.

Profs. Mazurana, Jacobsen and Wilson have decades of experience working with populations in Afghanistan, Bosnia, India, Jordan, Sudan, and Uganda, among numerous others. Between them, they have produced studies to inform the policies of UNHCR, OHCHR, UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank, DFID, USAID, and many other governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.

This workshop is funded by Tufts Office of the Provost, sponsored by the Initiative on Mass Atrocities and Genocide (IMAGe) & the Institute for Human Security.

Space is limited, so please RSVP early!

April 2016

The Destruction of the Cultural Heritage of Syria and Iraq: Current Debate  and Protection Efforts


Salam Al Kuntar is a Syrian archaeologist and a Research Fellow at the Penn Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. She co-directs the Safeguarding the Heritage of Syria and Iraq Project – a project run by the Penn Cultural Heritage Center, the Smithsonian Institute, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her research interests center upon the archaeology and heritage of the Middle East, exploring a wide variety of themes such as ancient economy and urbanism, human mobility and cultural boundaries, forced migration, cultural heritage and identity.

  • Thursday, April 28 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  •  Location: Cabot 702

Download a copy of the event flyer

Human Security Speaker Series

  Brown Bag Lunch with David Stroh

David Peter Stroh is a founder and Principal of Bridgeway Partners. He started off his career in city government and went on to co-found Innovation Associates, the pioneering consulting firm in the area of organizational learning; their work was the foundation for the international management bestseller, The Fifth Discipline.

Much of David’s work over the past 30 years has focused on enabling leaders to apply systems thinking to hone organizational strategy and achieve sustainable change. He is a co-creator of the website Applied Systems Thinking and a charter member of the Society for Organizational Learning.

  • Tuesday, April 26 at 12:30pm - 1:55pm
  • Location: Mugar 235


Workshop on Systems Thinking and Complexity for Analysis and Programming


Complexity is a fact of life. Most problems in development, peacebuilding, security, humanitarian action and business have so many contributing factors, implications, and consequences that one-dimensional solutions and “best practice” are no longer sufficient. Systems Thinking focuses on recognizing the interconnections among the parts of a system and synthesizing them into a unified view of the whole. Systems Thinking frameworks and tools provide a means of understanding the relationship between the structure of a system and the behavior the system demonstrates and can seed the development of an effective strategy for dealing with the system.

This two-day intensive workshop introduces three phases of systems thinking:

  • Listening to and Understanding the System
  • Mapping the System
  • Identifying Opportunities for leverage, action, and continuous learning and adapting

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn to:

  • Recognize recurring patterns in systems
  • Identify causes and effects within a system
  • Diagram the elements in a system and the connections between those elements
  • Identify opportunities for leverage and design systems-informed strategies and programs
  • Develop a plan for learning and adapting your programming
  • Apply systems thinking principles from the workshop to real problems students are studying or facing

Dates: April 23 - 24


Religion and Human Security in the Eastern Mediterranean: Orthodoxy, the Cradle Fund, and Multi-Faith Humanitarianism



  • Dr. Chris Seiple, Executive Director of the Institute on Global Engagement, The Institute for Global Leadership
  • Elizabeth H. Prodromou, Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution, The Fletcher School

Please join us for a discussion on the links between religion, humanitarianism, the current wars in the Levant, and migration flows in the Eastern Mediterranean.  The discussion will particularly focus on the work by Orthodox Christian NGOS, the Cradle Fund, and multi-faith engagement involving Muslim, Christian, and non-denominational NGO humanitarian work.

Download a copy of the event flyer

Fletcher IDEAS Exchange 2

  Human Security Approaches to Peacebuilding: Putting People First

The Fletcher IDEAS Exchange (FIE) is an annual forum for public speaking at The Fletcher School featuring faculty, students, alumni and guests in a TED-style format.  The second annual FIE will feature engaging speeches around the theme of a human security approach to peacebuilding – why it matters and what are the challenges. Talks will center on perceptions of legitimacy in the governance of conflict–affected and fragile states, as well as on related aspects of human security, development and peacebuilding.

  • Thursday, April 14 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Location: ASEAN

Please join us for a reception in the Hall of Flags.

Please RSVP by April 11

Fletcher IDEAS Exchange

Human Security Speaker Series

Conversation and Discussion with Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States


Please join us for a conversation and discussion with Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Human Security and The Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies. 

Lunch will be served

  • Thursday, April 7 at 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Location: The Fares Center

March 2016 

Human Security Speaker Series

Opportunities and Challenges for Peace and Democracy in the African Great Lakes Region


Thomas Perriello , United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Tom Perriello is the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, appointed by Secretary of State John Kerry on July 6, 2015. Prior to this role, he served as Special Representative for the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review for the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Perriello previously served as a Congressman from Virginia, Special Advisor to the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, a conflict analyst, and CEO of Center for American Progress Action. He has worked and conducted research in a dozen countries and taught courses on transitional justice at the University of Virginia School of Law and University of Sierra Leone. Outside of government, Mr. Perriello has co-founded and managed justice entrepreneurship platforms and faith-based organizations advancing human rights, poverty reduction and sustainability. Since early 2011, he has conducted field research and analysis on reformist movements and leaders in Egypt and the Middle East independently and as Counselor for Policy to the Center for American Progress. He is from Charlottesville, VA, and is a graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School. 
  • Thursday, March 31 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Location: Cabot 703

Lunch will be served

Please RSVP by March 28

Download a copy of the event flyer

Conversation and Discussion on Yemen with Bettina Muscheidt GMAP01, Ambassador and Head of Delegation for the European Union to Yemen 


Bettina Muscheidt is the Ambassador and Head of Delegation for the EU to Yemen since 2012.  She is a very good friend of the Fletcher School and graduate of the first GMAP class in 2001.  She is also a graduate of Bonn University in Germany with a degree in Agricultural and Development Economics. Bettina has many years of experience and involvement as the EU Representative for foreign affairs and security policy in the Foreign Service, European Investment Bank and European Commission. Bettina also served in the European External Action Service, where she was part of the Political Desk in Afghanistan and Program Officer with the European Neighborhood Policy. Previously, she also served as Senior Policy Officer with the European Investment Bank in Brussels and as Country Officer of Gaza/ West Bank in Luxembourg.  As part of the European Commission, she was Project Officer for EU Representation in Jerusalem and Assistant Desk Officer for Occupied Palestinian Territories. 

  • Monday, March 14 at 10:00am to 11:00am
  • Location: Isobe room, Mugar Building

Please RSVP by Friday, March 11 at

  The Migration Policy Forum at IHS

Perilous Journeys: Human and Policy Challenges of Transit Migration through Mexico

IHS launched the Migration Policy Forum to explore key policy themes related to migration in two regions: the Americas and Europe. Please join us for a panel discussion with The Americas Working Group, where the focus will be on Latin American countries, primarily Mexico, as buffer zones or entry points for migration into the United States, with the goal of developing regional solutions to the rapidly growing intersection between violence and migration in the Americas.

Katrina Burgess, Associate Professor of Political Economy
Karen Jacobsen, Associate Research Professor, Acting Director of the Feinstein International Center

Noelle Bridgen, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Marquette University
Diana Essex-Lettieri, Strategy and Operations Director, Asylum Access
Rafael Fernández de Castro, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs Maxwell School, Syracuse University and Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM)
Jennifer Podkul, Senior Program Officer, Women’s Refugee Commission
  • Friday, March 4 at 12:30 - 2:30pm
  • Location: Cabot 206

Download the panelist biographies.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Human Security, Feinstein International Center, and the Institute for Global Maritime Studies.


  Documentary Film Screening: "7 Days in Syria"

Join IHS and the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies for a documentary film screening from the notebooks of Newsweek Middle East Editor, Janine di Giovanni (GMAP 16).

"7 Days in Syria" follows Newsweek Middle East Editor, Janine di Giovanni, as she journeys into the heart of the conflict in Syria, offering an extremely rare glimpse into the lives of families struggling to survive the frontlines. Along the way Janine meets a carpenter-turned-baker, risking his life to feed four neighborhoods. Then there's a Syrian teenager who was studying economics until the university was bombed. She also films the injuries and deaths of soldiers and civilians, a very important task for posterity and the war tribunals. "7 Days in Syria" is a documentary feature unlike any other, offering a rare glimpse at life during war and the incredible lengths journalists go to shine a light in the darkest places on earth.

  • Tuesday, March 1 at 5:30 - 7:00pm
  • Location: ASEAN

Please join us for a reception in the Fares Center with the producers, Janine di Giovanni and Scott Rosenfelt, following the film.  Download a copy of the event flyer


February 2016

Human Security Speaker Series

  "International and National Water Security: Why is it so Elusive?"

Professor Larry Susskind, Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning, MIT

Please join us for a brown-bag lunch with Prof. Larry Susskind to discuss the current issues redefining water security.

Water stress is increasing, and fear of water wars is on the rise. In his 2013 book, Water Diplomacy, Professor Susskind offers a new (non-zero approach) to overcoming water insecurity.

  • Wednesday, February 24 at 12:30 - 1:55pm
  • Location: Cabot 205

January 2016

  "The Paris Climate Negotiations: Achievements and Next Steps"

Please join us for lunch and a panel discussion of the outcomes from the Paris climate negotiations. Hosted by the International Relations program (Tufts), the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (Fletcher), and the Institute for Human Security (Fletcher), the panel will focus particularly on implementation challenges and opportunities post-Paris.

Fletcher Energy and Environment Professor Kelly Sims Gallagher
Fletcher Ph.D. candidates and IISD reporters Rishikesh Bhandary and Anna Schulz
Ph.D. candidate and Lecturer at Boston College, Laura Kuhl

  • Wednesday, January 27 at 12:30 - 1:45PM
  • Location: Cabot 205

November 2015

Human Security Speaker Series

  "The State of War: Trends and Debates"

Dr. David Harland, Executive Director, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue

Dr. Harland will discuss recent trends in conflicts and violence, and what tools the international community has at its disposal, to respond to the new world (dis)order.

  • Monday, November 9 at 12:30 - 1:55pm
  • Location: Cabot 205


Human Security Speaker Series

  "Narrative Storytelling in Conflict Environments"

Deborah Jones, Executive Producer, Common Ground Productions, Search for Common Ground

Ms. Jones will discuss the use of television programming to transform conflicts.

  • Wednesday, November 4 at 5:30-7:30pm
  • Location: Cabot 206

October 2015

  "Advocacy in Conflict"

Join the World Peace Foundation in welcoming the authors and contributors of "Advocacy in Conflict" as they discuss the impacts of transnational advocacy. Conflicts in Africa, Asia and Latin America have become a common focus of advocacy by Western celebrities and NGOs. This provocative volume, edited by World Peace Foundation Director and Professor Alex De Waal, delves into the realities of these efforts, which have often involved compromising on integrity in pursuit of profile and influence. Examining the methods used by Western advocates, how they relate to campaigns in the countries concerned, and their impact, expert authors evaluate the successes and failures of past advocacy campaigns and offer constructive criticism of current efforts. Taking in a range of high-profile case studies, including campaigns for democracy in Burma and Latin America, for the rights of Palestinians in Gaza, and opposing the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, the authors challenge the assumptions set forth by advocacy organizations

  • Monday, October 26 at 5:30-7:00PM
  • Location: Cabot 703

  "Colombia and the United States: Partnering for the Future"

As Colombia looks to the next 15 years, the Colombian Consulate in Boston, the Judicial Reform Program at The Fletcher School, the Fletcher Latin America Group, and the Harvard Colombian Student Society invite you to participate in a discussion with Juan Carlos Pinzon, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, who will share his experience in helping shape today's Colombia, including most recently as Colombia's Minister of Defense. Ambassador Pinzon will also discuss Colombia's national priorities and vision for the future of the US-Colombia partnership - one of the most dynamic bilateral relationships in the Western Hemisphere.  Moderator: Professor Kimberly Theidon

  • Friday, October 23 at 3:00PM
  • Location: Mugar 200

Download a copy of the invitation.

Celebrating the Henry J. Leir Professorship in International Humanitarian  Studies and the Inaugural Henry J. Leir Human Security Award

Please join the Institute for Human Security at an evening celebration to welcome the new Henry J. Leir Professor in International Humanitarian Studies, Professor Kimberly Theidon, and to honor the first recipient of the annual Henry J. Leir Human Security Award, Dr. Maria J. Stephan, F02, FG05.

  • Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00PM
  • Location: ASEAN Auditorium, with a reception to follow in the Hall of Flags at 9:00pm

Download a copy of the invitation and event program.

  "Borderless Wars: Civil Military Disorder and Legal Uncertainty"

Please join the Ginn Library in welcoming Professor Antonia Chayes for a talk on her most recent publication: "Borderless Wars: Civil Military Disorder and Legal Uncertainty."

  • Friday, October 16 at 2:30-4:00PM
  • Location: Ginn Library Reading Room


  "Millions on the Move"

How should the international community respond to the current migration crisis?

Please join us in a panel discussion on the current migration crisis.

Katrina Burgess, Associate Professor of Political Economy 

Hurst Hannum, Professor of International Law
Karen Jacobsen, Associate Research Professor, Acting Director of the Feinstein International Center
Elizabeth Prodromou, Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution
Nadim Shehadi, Director, Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Julia Stewart-David, Visiting European Union Fellow
  • Thursday, October 15 at 6:00-7:30PM
  • Location: ASEAN Auditorium

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute for Human Security, Feinstein International Center, Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, and the Institute for Global Maritime Studies.


September 2015 

  "Memorias del Caso Peruano de Esterilización Forzada"

Exhibit by Alejandra Ballón, a Peruvian research-based artist in different artistic disciplines: installation, drawing, music, performance, painting and new media.  Exhibit commentator: Professor Kimberly Theidon

  • Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00pm
  • Location: Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street